Live music: Australia
The band, not the country, not a country band
Toeing the lines between pub rock and new wave, the music of Sydney-based five-piece Australia is fearlessly imaginative, undeniably danceable and quintessentially Australian.
In the spirit of their name, which conjures an echo of the 1980s Australian pub rock scene, Australia’s live show is raw and immediate, cheeky and charming – oscillating between hypnotic and driving indie rock and lush, cavernous synth pop.
Front man Guy Fenech’s melancholic howls are matched by his subtle baritone croon and punctuate the pulsating synths and angular guitars.
Formed in late 2014 by Fenech along with core band mates Oly Marlan and Nick Franklin, the three members spent ten days in a small beach house on the south coast of NSW and conceived the eight songs that would become their debut album Portraits of people, places and movies, which features the singles Who R U?, Wake in fright and Love is better. The five members (expanding to include touring rhythm section Wade Keighran and Joe Driver) have shared stages with ad//Dreems, Methyl Ethyl, Richard In Your Mind, Collarbones and more.
Image: Australia Photo: Maclay Heriot